Almost too simple for an actual recipe, homemade apple sauce is a real treat. Peeled and diced apples go into a pot, and pretty much cook themselves. You can leave it chunky or hit it with an immersion blender if you like it smooth.
homemade apple saucemakes about 1 quart
2 pounds apples* (about 8 medium)
1 cinnamon stick, optional
1/4 cup water, if needed
- peel and dice your apples and place in a medium sauce pan. Add the cinnamon stick, if using.
- Slowly cook, covered, over a low flame for 40-50 minutes, or until the apples are cooked. Check and stir occasionally.
- The apples should release their own liquid and basically cook themselves. If at any point there’s any sticking to the bottom of the pan, add the water.
- If you prefer a smooth apple sauce, puree in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender.
- Chill before serving.
* Any kind of apples will do, so feel free to use your favorite kind. If you prefer a chunky apple sauce, using 2 varieties of apples will be more likely to yield that result.
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